Study Guide

Around the World in Eighty Days Money

By Jules Verne

Money

He was not lavish, nor, on the contrary, avaricious; for whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose, he supplied it quickly, and sometimes anonymously. (1.4)

There's something about a rich dude who handles his money like a pro that we kind of like… Phileas, are you available next Friday night?

Was Phileas Fogg rich? Undoubtedly. But those who knew him best could not imagine how he had made his fortune, and Mr. Fogg was the last person to whom to apply for the information. (1.4)

Phileas Fogg has buckets of cash, but nobody knows where it comes from. This is part of how he becomes Suspect Number One for Detective Fix as he tries to solve the bank robbery.

His sole pasttimes were reading the paper and playing whist. (1.6)

Ain't that the life. Reading and gambling—and ol' Phileas isn't even retired.

He often won at this game, which, as a silent one, harmonized with his nature; but his winnings never went into his purse, being reserved as a fund for his charities. (1.6)

Aw, what a great guy. Phileas Fogg donates his gambling earnings to charity. Of course, it's not like he really needs the winnings for himself…

If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity! (1.8)

Spending money like an oddball is bound to make people curious about you. Phileas Fogg's OCD is maybe something that will endear him to someone, somewhere, someday…

Passepartout nearly dropped the bag, as if the twenty thousand pounds were in gold, weighing him down. (4.11)

Phileas is all, "Here Passepartout, carry this bag worth, like, a billion dollars—just be sure to keep it safe." And Passepartout is a little freaked out. Looks like someone's way more comfortable with large sums of money than someone else.

"My gas-burner, which I forgot to turn off, and which is at this moment burning—at my expense." (8.12)

Okay, so Phileas has tons of money and Passepartout makes a relatively small mistake: He forgets to turn off the gas before they hastily depart to travel around the world. Who's going to pay for this? Why Passepartout, of course. Phileas opts to go the teach-him-a-lesson route.

"As for the money, Heaven grant there may be some left! But the fellow has already spent in travelling rewards, trials, bail, elephants, and all sorts of charges, more than five thousand pounds. Yet after all, the Bank is rich." (24.15)

Poor Detective Fix won't get much of the reward money if Phileas Fogg spends it all on his trip around the world. Luckily for Fix, even though Fogg is innocent and Fix is a thorn in his side, Fogg winds up sharing his winnings with the detective anyway.

"Up to this time money had smoothed away every obstacle. Now money failed." (32.10)

Maybe it's really true that money can't solve all your problems. When Phileas Fogg gets in a pickle, it's usually time to bust out the green. But Captain Andrew Speedy won't take dollar bills for an answer, so now it's up to Phileas Fogg to devise something sneaky.

"Besides, passengers at two thousand dollars are no longer passengers, but valuable merchandise." (32.12)

Is there a point where the money you're worth makes you less than a person? Captain Andrew Speedy certainly thinks so. Phileas Fogg offered him $2,000 a head to take his crew across the Atlantic. No pressure.

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